|N'Shoma - Dr Reza & Aida Mansoor 7/31/11 - Richard Kamins|
The Mansoors are quite active in the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, involved in outreach to the greater CT community. We talked about the immigrant experience, about Islamic faith, about the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 and much more.
Keywords: Muslim Coalition of CT; Reza Mansoor; Aida Mansoor
|Best of the Valley-Shore/Mentoring - Richard Kamins|
Don DeCesare speaks with Hal Kaplan, Larry McHugh and 2 mentors from Middletown's highly successful mentoring program. The program, started 20 years ago, has helped hundreds of local young people as they moved through the school system.
Keywords: Mentoring; Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce; WLIS-WMRD
|Valley/Shore & CT Food & Wine - Mary Lou Aleskie from Arts/Idea Fest - Richard Kamins|
Mary Aleskie, executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, talks about the various "foodie" events happening during the 2011 Festival. The Festival starts 6/11 and runs through 6/25 with a number of food tours.
Keywords: International Festival of Arts & Ideas/New Haven CT; food
|Frank Carlberg Interview with Richard Kamins - Richard Kamins|
Composer-pianist Frank Carlberg has a new CD, "Federico on Broadway", issued on his Red Piano Rcords. We talk about the music, about the group Clazz Ensemble that Carlberg works with, about how he got involved in music and teachingand more.
Keywords: Frank Carlberg; Clazz Ensemble; Step Tempest
|Spotlight 8.16.12 - Playhouse on Park - Richard Kamins|
Richard Kamins spoke today with Sean Harris,co-founder and artistic director of Playhouse on Park, a professional theater located in West Hartford, CT. They are about to opne their 4th season and Mr. Harris spoke about the challenges of creating professional work and being part of the community. To find out more, go to www.playhouseonpark.org.
Keywords: Spotlight on the Arts; Playhouse on Park; Ginny Wolf; Sean Harris
|N'Shoma - Amy Cervini Interview - Richard Kamins|
Amy's new CD, "Digging Me, Digging You" is released Jan 31, 2012, and features music associated with singer-songwriter Blossomm Dearie. We talk about the recording, about the musicians on the CD, about Amy's work with Orange Grove Artists representing a number of musicians and more.
Keywords: Amy Cervini; Blossom Dearie; N'Shoma
|LittleHouse - Best of the Valley-Shore-41511 - Richard Kamins|
Joe Patrina and Tom MacGregor,guitarists and vocalists, sing and play on today's show. Joe founded the group 3 years ago and they've played a lot of shows since then in the Red Barn on his property. The band play a benefit on 4/29/11 for the Katharine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook. During their visit, Joe and Tom played 4 songs. Much fun was had by all!
Keywords: Little House; Joe Patrina; Tom MacGregor; Country-Rock
|N'Shoma Oct 24 2011 - Sarah Wolfson + David Shimoni - Richard Kamins|
Sarah and David came to Middletown to perform a concert on 10/24 to honor Edythe Director. We talked about their careers, together and separately, played music, and learned how artists create their programs.
Keywords: Sarah Wolfson; David Shimoni
|CT Food & Wine Tony Walker Interview Part Two - Richard Kamins|
The second part of my chat with Tony walker and we sip Minnow Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Black Minnow 2008.
Keywords: CT Food & Wine; Tony Walker; Minnow Creek
|Dave Engel Interview - N'Shoma Oct 02-2011 - Richard Kamins|
I interviewed Mr Engle about the Jewish Chaplains' Memorial Plaque tour set to touch down on October 4 at the Greater New Haven JCC n Woodbridge. Mr Engel's father, Rabbi Meir Engel, died in 1964 in Vietnam and he is one of 14 Jewish Chaplains (from WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam) whose name is on the plaque which will be installed in Arlington National Cemetery on October 24, 2011.
Keywords: Jewish Chaplains Memorial Plaque; Arlington Nat'l Cemetery; Rabbi Meir Engel; N'Shoma
|Best of the Valley-Shore/LittleHouse Live in Studio - Richard Kamins|
Jor Patrina and Tom McGregor of LittleHouse showed today with guitars in hand to talk about the new music Joe wrote during the October snowstorm in CT. Joe, who lives in West Simsbury, was without power for 10 days and during that time, met many of the people working to restore power in the area. One song, "Journeyman's Holiday" relates the plight of the men from the South who are away from their families for longn stretches of time...
Keywords: WMRD-WLIS; Best of the Valley-Shore; LittleHouse; Joe Patrina; Tom McGregor
|Best of the Valley/Shore MxCC Presidents - Richard Kamins|
Don DeCesare talks with Jobnathan Daube, outgoing President of Middlesex Community College and his successor Dr. Anna Wasescha.
Keywords: Middlesex Community College; Dr. J Daube; Dr. A. Wasescha
|N'Shoma - Landon Knoblock 3.13.11 - Richard Kamins|
A pleasant chat with pianist/composer Knoblock. He and drummer Jason Furman will be in Middletown, CT, Saturday 3/19 to perform at The Buttonwood Tree. Landon talks about their duo recording, improvisation and more.
Keywords: duo impovisations; The Buttonwood Tree; N'Shoma
|Cynthia Barnett - Ct Outdoors (Part 2) - Richard Kamins|
The continuation of my chat with Ms. Barnett - here we talk about the "water ethic" she posits at the close of the book and how thw world, in the face of gloal warming, can preserve the most vital of our natural resources - water.
Keywords: Cynthia Barnett; Blue Revolution; Ct Outdoors; WLIS & WMRD
|N'Shoma - Amanda Baker (Janus) - 1.31.11 - Richard Kamins|
Amansda Baker, flutist with Janus Trio, talks about the group, their music and other stuff.
Keywords: Janus; WMRD-AM; Amanda Baker
|N'Shoma - Carl Testa Interview -Uncertainty Music Series - Richard Kamins|
The Uncertainty Music Series, a concert series of new & creative music, began in September of 2007 and has become quite active in the New haven area. They've organized a concert for 9/22/11 at Wesleyan University and the curator of the series, Carl Testa, spoke about that show and more.
Keywords: N'Shoma; Uncertainty Music series; Carl Testa
|Step Tempest and N'Shoma - Jasmine Lovell-Smith - Richard Kamins|
Jasmine Lovell-Smith, a native of New Zealand, is releasing a new CD on August 14, 2012, with her group Towerig Poppies. The soprano saxophonist and composer is also moving to Middletown CT to study composition at Wesleyan University with Professor Anthony Braxton (among others). We talk about her beginnings, her move to the US and the recording.
Keywords: Jasmine Lovell-Smith; Towering Poppies; Fortune Songs; Step Tempest
|Best of the Valley-Shore MxCC Presidents 52711 - Richard Kamins|
Don DeCesare speaks with Dr.Johnathan Daube, outgoing President of Middlesex Cmmunity College in Middlwtown, and his successor, Dr. Anna Wasescha.
Keywords: Best of the Valley-Shore; Middlesex Community College CT
|Best of the Valley-Shore/Noah Baerman - Richard Kamins|
I interview pianist-composer-educator Noah Baerman about his new solo piano CD. "Turtle Steps" (Lemel Productions) features 15 tracks ranging from gospel to blues to "standards" to originals.
Keywords: Richard Kamins; Noah Baerman; Turtle Steps
|CT Outdoors Feb 21, 2012 - Annie DeBoer & Jim Little CFPA - Richard Kamins|
The CT Forest & Park Association is hosting a screening of "Carbon Nation" Sunday February 26 at Wesleyan University. The movie looks at climate change from a non-political viewpoint and what Americans need to do to avert disaster.
Keywords: CT Forest & Park Association; Annie DeBoer; Jim Little
|Cynthia Barnett - Ct Outdoors (Part 1) - Richard Kamins|
Ms. Barnett, author of "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis", talks about the issues tha led her to write this 2011 book. She traveled throughout thw world to observe and write about what other countries are doing in the face of water shortages.
Keywords: Cyntha Barnett; Blue Revolution; CT Outdoors; WLIS & WMRD
|N'Shoma - Rob Garcia Interview - Richard Kamins|
Drummer-compoder-bandleader Garcia is appearing at Firehouse 12 in New Haven on October 21 with his fine RG 4. We talkk about infkuences, origins and his band mates.
Keywords: N'Shoma; Rob Garcia; Firehouse 12
|N'Shoma - Rabbi Rami Interview 2.26.12 - Richard Kamins|
Rabbi Rami Shapiro has auithored a number of small but quite inclusive books on religious topics, from "Forgiveness" to "God" and more. We talk about several issues surrounding religious literacy and spiritulity.
Keywords: N'Shoma; Rabbi Rami Shapiro
|Best of the Valley/Shore, Interview with Peter Gankoff 6.10.11 - Richard Kamins|
Peter and I talk about several events taking place this weekend at Mystic Aquarium including "World Oceans Day" on 6/11 and "Latinos and Science Day" on 6/12.
Keywords: Best of the Valley/Shore; Mystic Aquarium
|CT Food & Wine Tony Walker Interview Part 1 - Richard Kamins|
My interview with Tony Walker, co-owner and winemaker of Minnow Creek Winery in Adelaide, Australia.
Keywords: CT Food & Wine; Tony Walker; Minnow Creek; Australian wine
|Ct Food & Wne Tony Walker Interview Part 2 - Richard Kamins|
More talk about Minnow Creek wines and, yes, we drink a bit.
Keywords: CT Food & Wine; Tony Walker; Minnow Creek
|CT Food & Wine March 18, 2011 - Richard Kamins|
Interview with Chris Didden, owner of 2Fly Wines, located in South Glastonbury, CT, importer of wines from the McClaren Vale region of South Australia. During the program, we talked about and sampled 3 wines from the Conte Estates Winery and also talked about the tasting 2FLY is hosting on 3/27/11.
Keywords: Australian wines; tasting
|N'Shoma - Peter Walker Interview 9.11.11 Mission; Relief - Richard Kamins|
We talked about the 9/17 concert to help raise funds for a hospital in the Dominican Republic. The concert features the Maranatha Band and Cantico.
Keywords: Maranatha Band; fundraiser; Mission: Relief
|N'Shomah - Interview with Naomi Kamins re: CAI Car Raffle - Richard Kamins|
Naomi Kamins, secretary of Adath Israel in Middletown, CT, as wwell as my partner for the past 40+ years, talks about the Car raffle to be held on June 18th, 2011.
Keywords: Naomi Kamins; Congregation Adath Israel; Middletown; CT; Car Raffle and Silent Auction
|N'Shoma - Jamie Begian - Richard Kamins|
I spoke with composer-educator-guitarist Jamie Begian at the time of the release (June 2010) of "Big Fat Grin." (My review is posted at http://steptempest.blogspot.com/2010/06/firehouse-series-gains-momentum-2-cds.html.) Begian runs the jazz program at Western Connecticut State University and is a fine teacher. The interview, though a bit dated, is filled with information on Begian's career and about the CD.
Keywords: WLIS-WMRD; Jamie Begian; Big Band
|N'Shomah 2/20/11 - Richard Kamins|
Marlene Samuels is the author of "The Seamstress", her mother's memoir of her life before, during and after the Holocaust. The book will surprise you with its honesty, humor and humility. The interview aired on WMRD-Am1150 in Middletown, CT and WLIS-1420AM in Old Saybrook, CT
Keywords: Holocaust; memoir; interview
|Valley/Shore Peter Glankoff of Mystic Aquarium 61011 - Richard Kamins|
A quick chat with Peter Glankoff of Mystic Aquarium about events taking place on 6/11 and 12, specifically World Oceans Day and "Latinos and Science" Day.
Keywords: Mystic Aquarium; Best of the Valley/Shore
|Spotlight on the Arts - Mystic Aquarium Erin M 63011 - Richard Kamins|
Erin talks about all the great things happening at Mystic Aquarium this summer. Fun with sea life as well as birds (thanks to the Audubon Society.) Lots of events at he Aquarium and Seaport all summer long.
Keywords: Spotlight on the Arts; Mystic Aquarium; Ginny Woolf; Richard Kamins
|Spotlight on the Arts 3.01.12 - Laszlo Gardony & Gene Bozzi - Richard Kamins|
With Ginny on vacation, I talk with pianist Laszlo Gardony who, with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, performs at The Buttonwood March 3. In the second half, I speak with drummer Gene Bozzi, the creator of The Hartford Symphony's "Jazz & Strings" series. Friday March 2, the series pays tribute to Cannonball Adderley's 2 recordings with strings in a concert featuring Wsst Hartford native Erica von Kleist on saxophone and Nadje Noordhuis on trumpet.
Keywords: Laszlo Gardony; The Buttonwood Tree; Jazz and Strings series; Gene Bozzi; Spotlight on the Arts; WLIS & WMRD-AM
|Valley-Shore 4-22-11 Madhatters Theater & Wesleyan CFA - Richard Kamins|
Francesca Webster and members of the cast of "101 Dalmatians" talk about the production taking place on 4/29-5/01/11 in Andrews Memorial Theater in Clinton, CT. Pam Tatge, director of the Center of the Arts at Wesleyan University chats about events surrounding Earth Day as well as the Wesleyan Jazz Weekend featuring the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra (4/29) and starring DIVA, the all-women Jazz Big Band led by drummer Sherrie Maricle (concert on 4/30 in Crowell Concert Hall.)
Keywords: Madhatters Theater; Andrews Memorial Theater; Wesleyan CFA; Pam Tatge; DIVA; Earth Day
|Interview with Matthew Shipp - Richard Kamins|
The Matthew Shipp Trio has issued a new CD, "Elastic Aspects" (Thirsty Ear) and will be playing Saturday Marc 17 at 8 p.m. in Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, in Hartford. We talk about Matt's work with Trio-mates Michael Bisio (bass and Whit Dickey (drums).
Keywords: Matthew Shipp; StepTempest; Richard Kamins; Real Art Ways
|N'Shoma - Ryan Truesdell - Richard Kamins|
Interview with the creator of the Gil Evans Project and copyist for both Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer.
Keywords: Gil Evans Project; copyist; interview
|N'Shoma - Brooke Halpin - Richard Kamins|
Composer/musician/painter/author in studio with Richard K on N'Shoma on April 28, 2013. We talked about the music he composed for the Academy Award wining short film "Molly's Pilgrim" plus his new book "Magical Mystery Time", a novel about rock music set in the late 1960s. Some of the book takes pacwe in Middletown,CT.
Keywords: Brooke Halpin; N'Shoma; music; literature
|N'Shoma - Dan Tepfer/Goldberg Variations - Richard Kamins|
Had a nice chat with Dan Tepfer about his new Sunnyside recording, "Goldberg Variations/Variations" released this Fall. We also tal;ked about the pianist's musical relationship with Lee Konitz and Paul Motian (who had p[assed a week prior to the inerview.)
Keywords: Dan Tepfer; N'Shoma; Goldberg Variations/Variations
|Best of the Valley-Shore/LittleHouse - Richard Kamins|
Joe Patrina and Tom McGregor from LittleHouse came to the WMRD studios with guitars in hand to talk about the new music Joe has writen for the band (now a quartet). "Journeyman's Christmas" deals with the plight of a electric company lineman after the large snow and ice storm crippled the upper half of Connecticut on October 31, 2011. Joe, who was without power for 10 days, talked to a number of linemenand was fascinated by their story...
Keywords: WMRD-WLIS; Best of the Valley-Shore; LittleHouse; Joe Patrina; Tom McGregor
|N'Shoma - Ted Rosenthal/Standards - Richard Kamins|
Pianist-arranger Ted Rosenthal has a new recording on Playscape Records featuring his trio, Noriko Ueda (bass) and Quincy Davis (bas.) We talked about his career, the popularity of piano jazz in Japan and hpw Rosenthal approaches performing "standards."
Keywords: Ted Rosenthal; N'Shoma; piano; jazz trio
|SpotLight 070512 - Music at rhe Mansion - Richard Kamins, Ginny Wolf|
Richard Kamins talks with Ona Mcaughlin and Anne Cassidy, members of ther Wadsworth Mansion "Music at the Mansion" committee about the upcoming Summer concert series starting on July 11 and running 4 consecutive Wednesdays.
Keywords: SpotLight; Wadsworth Mansion; Middletown CT